New details emerge about Ghosn's escape

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On December 29, former Nissan, Renault boss Carlos Ghosn, who was under house arrest facing charges of diverting millions in company funds for his personal use, walked out of his house in Tokyo wearing a hat and a surgical mask.

Citing Japan's NTV, Bloomberg reports Ghosn boarded a bullet train in Tokyo and arrived at Osaka, then called a cab to a hotel near Kansai International Airport.

Ghosn hid in a case too big to fit the airport's X-ray machines. At 11 p.m., Ghosn's Bombardier Global Express took off to Istanbul.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Ghosn leaves home in disguise
2. He travels by bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka
3. Ghosn hides in a case, board jet to Turkey
4. Jet course laid to avoid extradition
5. Ghosn's ties in Russia
6. Ghosn hides in a box at airport in Turkey
7. Ghosn has access to a second French passport
8. He enters Lebanon legally

VOICEOVER (in English):
"On December 29, former Nissan, Renault boss Carlos Ghosn, who was under house arrest facing charges of diverting millions in company funds for his personal use, walked out of his house in Tokyo wearing a hat and a surgical mask in plain view of security cameras."

"Bloomberg reports that police surveillance was lax during the holidays and that Ghosn's lawyers had filed a legal complaint that prevented Nissan's hired agents from following him."

"Citing Japan's NTV, Bloomberg reports that Ghosn boarded a bullet train in Tokyo and arrived at Osaka at about 4:30 pm. He then called a cab to a hotel near Kansai International Airport."

"Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that Ghosn apparently evaded security by hiding in a case that was too big to be scanned by the airport's X-ray machines. Earlier, Ghosn's alleged accomplices had flown in on a Bombardier Global Express Jet with the case. Ghosn would use both in his escape."

"At 11 p.m., the Bombardier Global Express took off and headed for Istanbul with Ghosn on board. Bloomberg reports that Ghosn's alleged rescuers carefully plotted the flight to avoid countries with extradition treaties with Japan such as South Korea and instead flew through Russian airspace."

"Russia was viewed as more friendly territory as Ghosn is credited with saving the ailing automaker AvtoVAZ, which he brought in to the Renault-Nissan Alliance's fold."

"The jet landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at around 5:00 a.m. After that, Ghosn would again secrete himself as cargo in the box before boarding a smaller Bombardier that would take him to Beirut."

"In addition to Brazlian and Lebanese passports, Ghosn has two French passports. One was taken by the Japanese authorities and another kept by his lawyer as a condition of his bail but stored in a flimsy box that could be broken easily with a tool. However Reuters reports the French government denies Ghosn used the nation's passport."

"Citing a Lebanese judiciary official, Reuters reports that Lebanon has received a request to extradite Ghosn from Japan, not Interpol. Bloomberg reports that Ghosn entered Lebanon legally, where extradition of citizens is denied as a matter of policy."

SOURCES: Bloomberg, Business Insider, Reuters
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-06/how-carlos-ghosn-became-the-world-s-most-famous-fugitive
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-nissan-ghosn-idUKKBN1Z50BO
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-nissan-ghosn-france/ghosn-did-not-use-french-documents-to-travel-to-lebanon-french-minister-idUKKBN1Z51W2